Baby, have you ever wondered...or rather, had that moment at work when you thought turkeys could fly? I don’t mean a literal turkey but that grand idea that hits the pavement like a bag of wet cement. Those days when it seems that everybody wants to counterattack as if they were…organized?!
I’m really thankful for those days. They remind me of that famous Thanksgiving episode for "WKRP in Cincinnati". Those days when I’ve bumbled around like a Mr. Carlson or shown up to work wearing some sort of Herb Tarlek exploding fashion taco. (I mean I used to wear bolo ties every day, for crying out loud!). I also had my share of Les Nessman classic mouth-a-graphical errors (like that day on-air in San Diego when I meant to say the Del Mar Fair parking lot, but it came out “The Del Mar Pair farting lot").
That show made me laugh. Probably because just about every character on that show is someone we can relate to in some way. Well, except for Jennifer, because as Herb would say “Are you kidding me?”
Each of the characters went about their day the best way they knew how. Just like we do everyday. We earnestly do our best and sometimes we think, “Man, this turkey can fly!” But it doesn’t. It bombs the Pinedale Shopping Mall.
And you know, that’s okay to have those moments. Most of the time they are on their way to Mars. The great thing about that episode is that they all fail magnificently. Sure, they could have communicated and thought things through a little bit better, but they forged ahead. They stuck together and became a better team.
This Thanksgiving, let us embrace our mediocrity and be thankful. Thankful for those times when we tried and plummeted back to earth and later laughed about it. Thankful for all of the great work stories- both the good and the bad. Thankful for all the people you work with now or have worked with in the past. Thankful for each of our imperfect yet improving talents.
And now there's nothing left to say but “Turkeys Away!” and have a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Slate and Main.
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About the Author
Mark Seignious, M.A., realizes his last name is a bit of an eye-chart. But, it rhymes with genius. Of course, after reading this post or others, you'll immediately know...it just rhymes. . He enjoys writing for Slate and Main plus shaping young minds as an Associate Professor at the University of Northwestern- St Paul. For Thanksgiving, he gathers with family in Chicago, roasts a couple of turkeys (basted with butter and Port) and then serves it with his wife's awesome squash-walnut-carrot soup and corn spoon bread.